Why I Chose to Join Party of Communists USA - Red Patriot
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By Tyler Lyons On My Life Before Joining the Party Long before the onset of the COVID pandemic, I was struggling with my political identity. I had been disillusioned with…

So I was thinking the other day about how we have this platform with a decent amount of contributors and if there are ways to set up an international collaboration. Lots of people over here are member of some sort of organization, some bigger than others. There must be ways in which we can help eachother, right?

It would be nice to have a thread or something dedicated to ways of helping eachother.

That would be super wholesome :) and I would be super down!

What kind of help would you have in mind? I think sharing books and whatnot would be pretty neat, but of course, security concerns exist. Maybe clothes? Tea?

Money is a good one, but I would just be hard to verify certain things over the internet.

A book thing was one of the first things that came to mind. For people on here but maybe also for people in places without access. Clothes is a cool idea too, same as food maybe.

But also, how can our parties help eachother in our common goal?

Money might be harder to do, although there are options.

All this takes a good amount of planning though. That’s why maybe a megathread or something might help.

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Money is a good one, but I would just be hard to verify certain things over the internet.

I wish GNU Taler was usable now…

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I’ve thought ab making some sort of social media platform specifically for organizers where we can share experience with newbies and learn from veterans. Write articles, and find ways to help each other out. But I always think ab security and safety and privacy… kind of difficult topics to handle, but I’m not an expert on that topic.

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I’ve thought ab making some sort of social media platform specifically for organizers where we can share experience with newbies and learn from veterans. Write articles, and find ways to help each other out.

It’s not a bad idea. We should get off corporate platforms asap so communications don’t get thrown off.

But I always think ab security and safety and privacy… kind of difficult topics to handle, but I’m not an expert on that topic.

You could setup a tor onion. (I think Lemmygrad should setup a tor onion.)

is there a difference between the PCUSA and CPUSA?

You can DM me about it.

For the most part, PCUSA has Chris Helali, a serial abuser and embezzler of IWW funds who fought for the neo-Nazis and U.S.-backed Rojava/YPG.

They have continuously attacked me and others on places like Reddit, Twitter, Discord, etc. Please, consider that many PCUSA members have left for our organization.

If PCUSA would encouraging its members to attack the CPUSA, that would be great. But they do not and so I will give the other side of the story.

I was a member of PCUSA and a semi high-ranking member for awhile and I can confirm that many members are highly immature both ideologically (see their affinity for “red patriotism”) and behaviorally. Ultimately I left because PCUSA is a highly disfunctional group of people who do little to no IRL work and frequently violate DemCent on the national level, which to me is an unacceptable practice for a supposedly Leninist organization

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Massive differences.

PCUSA is a strictly anti-revisionist, Marxist-Leninist party. PCUSA was formed by members of the old CPUSA who were abandoned by the party for their support continued of the Soviet Union after it’s collapse.

CPUSA has many great comrades in it today, but unfortunately the Party itself and its leadership is very liberal in nature. They will tell you to vote democrat and join the local democrat party chapter. Here is an Article by the leader of CPUSA to give you an idea of our concerns:

https://paeditorsblog.blogspot.com/2008/08/ten-worst-and-best-ideas-of-marxism.html

CPUSA waters-down Communism to the point where it is only Communist as a desperate defense from the ruling class. PCUSA, however, refuses to capitulate. We are not afraid of our history as Communists, we are the true heirs of the Communist Movement. This is why, even as a young party, we are already recognized by 44 Communist Parties internationally as the American Vanguard.

Oh okay, I’m glad. Because I remember hearing about the CPUSA being officially anti stalin and anti mao. Thanks for making the distinction between the two.

We are not officially anti-Stalin and anti-Mao, we simply don’t invoke them.

I see. I’m currently a tryout for the PSL, and I just subscribe to their take on Stalin and Mao of upholding them and critically taking the works of them and building upon it.

I certainly do understand the function of not doing so to appeal to a more common, if you will, base of people (though I don’t personally agree with it).

PSL is great. I couldn’t finish my candidate work with them due to personal reasons. They are a great org though

I agree. CPUSA has worked with them.

That’s cool. I understand. There are certain events coming up on CPUSA that may change that approach, but it depends on what the focus currently is.

I hope there are fruitful results from those events! A united front is a plus for the proletariat, comrade.

Of course, I’m really glad with the way Joe Sims is taking things in. Unfortunately, PCUSA keeps passing around something from 2008 that was in jest. Honestly, it sucks because that’s the impression given, but that’s not the Program of the party and that’s not what Joe Sims says nowadays. Hell, he supports the dictatorship of the proletariat.

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They never endorsed Hillary Clinton; that article in question was republished from a diplomat from Cuba who was concerned about how the Obama-era relations with Cuba would be overturned.

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I dont know why, but many people here (mostly americans in my experience) are rabidly allergic to the word “patriotism”. They seem to believe it means “jingoism” or “reactionary nationalism”, when in reality those bourgeois ideas are completely antipatriotic and treasonous. There is nothing more patriotic than being a communist, fighting for the people of your country. How are you not a patriot if you love your people and want them to have the life they deserve, instead of the misery imposed on them by capitalism?

I would say most people here are proud patriots of their respective countries, but if you tell this to many american comrades here, theyll get up in arms about how actually patriotism is reactionary and they arent patriots, even though they are indeed patriots, they just dont admit it for some reason. It reminds me of some self described anarchists whose beliefs are basically marxism leninism, but theyll deny being MLs because “thats a bad tankie word”. Truly a mistery why. Maybe its a reaction to the pervasive jingoism maskerading as patriotism in the USA idk.

Edit: To all the americans downvoting this, please read about the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), a very based party from an imperial core country which clearly states that they are patriots and that its their patriotic duty to oppose the EU and its imperialism.

Edit 2: Here are just 2 articles from the KKEs newspaper discussing patriotism and how its fully compatible with internationalism with quotes by Lenin:

https://www.rizospastis.gr/story.do?id=209459

https://www.rizospastis.gr/story.do?id=329397

Its in greek but just use google translate.

Edit 3: Article by the Communist Party of Spain (PCE) discussing revolutionary patriotism. The PCE is quite liberal and opportunist, but even they recognize that patriotism and communism go hand in hand. How much more evidence do you need?

https://www.mundoobrero.es/pl.php?id=10161

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Not trying to super get involved in this conversation but I just wanted to say I am an American and I can see quality in both sides of the argument. I’m kind of a centrist about it. I personally would find it hard to call myself a “patriot” unless I was trying to, in a sense, lie to get people on board with MLism. I definitely am not hard against it though. “Patriot” has so much baggage in American culture, it’s almost synonymous with fascism, the more universal definition of the word that you’re using though I can vibe with.

Absolutely, US is in the kind of unique situation since even the discussion about state and nation is a riverlike topic, so the patriotism is the same.

However, the entire “patsoc” issue smells like fed op to divide american comrades from the rest of the world, coming to such absurd even in this thread it’s completely unbelievable for me.

Thank you! Finally someone with critical thought! This is exactly what i thought, i think americans MLs are conditioned to view patriotism very negatively due to how jingoistic and warmongering US “patriotism” is. I definetely understand that sentiment. I also understand not feeling very patriotic for whatever reason, i have never been very patriotic. But since i became ML, i realized that ive always loved the people, ive always liked helping others, even if they are strangers, and if you think about it, how is that not patriotism? I think thats much more patriotic than licking the flag and singing the anthem while being a selfish jerk.

I also want to make clear that, for me, patriotism doesnt necessarily mean liking/respecting/feeling pride towards state symbols such as the flag or the anthem. For example, i can understand why ML americans would feel disgust towards the flag and anthem of the USA, given its legacy of genocide, colonialism, slavery, imperialism, etc. I feel the same with the spanish state. I feel 0 pride or respect for the spanish flag, anthem or king, since these are reactionary symbols imposed on us by the fascist Franco regime. Rather, i feel much more patriotism towards the flag and anthem of the Second Spanish Republic. Under that flag and anthem, we were marching towards socialism, which is why i feel it represents the spanish people much better than all this monarchist bs.

So yeah, i understand if americans dont feel patriotic, thats ok. But plz stop these insane attacks on anyone who points out that yes, patriotism and communism go hand in hand. In the EU, jingoistic “patriotism” doesnt really exist besides the far right, so thats why patriotism doesnt really have a negative connotation here.

I’m a US citizen, and it’s hard for me to see what’s there to be proud of. The identity of the working class? Perhaps, but at that point, it’s being proud of something that, imo, is so far removed from the idea of America. It would be a bit strange for the bolsheviks to fidget over whether they should have been proud of being part of the Russian Empire at one point, and for me, it’s quite the same as patriotism in imperial core countries.

The supposed message of being proud of the working class in imperial core countries always seems to get subordinated to the will of the capitalists in times of trouble and in war especially. Also, I don’t think that nationalism is necessarily a prerequisite to caring for the collective good of people in your country.

nationalism is [not] necessarily a prerequisite to caring for the collective good of people in your country.

Yes I totally agree with you and would take this one step further. Nationalism is necessary for ignoring the collective harm being done to people outside your country.

I originally meant patriotism, not nationalism. Though I still think the same about patriotism as well. I don’t think that’s a prerequisite for caring for the people around you either.

In the US, patriotism/nationalism are the same thing. Maybe patriotism is good in an ML society, but in a capitalist one it pits workers against their own class.

Mhm! It was a point that I similarly expounded on downards. Man the comment count on this is crazy 🥴. Trying to “reclaim it” is like swimming against the current in a monsoon. Maybe not the most scientific analogy, but you get it, hehe

To add on my previous response, i think this quote by Mao Zedong from the time of the japanese invasion of China is quite relevant on this:

"Can a Communist, who is an internationalist, at the same time be a patriot? We hold that he not only can be but also must be. The specific content of patriotism is determined by historical conditions. There is the “patriotism” of the Japanese aggressors and of Hitler, and there is our patriotism. Communists must resolutely oppose the “patriotism” of the Japanese aggressors and of Hitler. The Communists of Japan and Germany are defeatists with regard to the wars being waged by their countries. To bring about the defeat of the Japanese aggressors and of Hitler by every possible means is in the interests of the Japanese and the German people, and the more complete the defeat the better. For the wars launched by the Japanese aggressors and Hitler are harming the people at home as well as the people of the world.

China’s case, however, is different, because she is the victim of aggression. Chinese Communists must therefore combine patriotism with internationalism. We are at once internationalists and patriots, and our slogan is, “Fight to defend the motherland against the aggressors.” For us defeatism is a crime and to strive for victory in the War of Resistance is an inescapable duty. For only by fighting in defense of the motherland can we defeat the aggressors and achieve national liberation. And only by achieving national liberation will it be possible for the proletariat and other working people to achieve their own emancipation. The victory of China and the defeat of the invading imperialists will help the people of other countries. Thus in wars of national liberation patriotism is applied internationalism."

Source: https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-2/mswv2_10.htm

As you see, Mao clearly states, as indicated by the “” around the word “patriotism”, that the so called “patriotism” of the imperialists is false, that not only do the invaded and oppressed have the patriotic duty to fight back, but also the working class of the invader countries has the patriotic duty to fight back against their own government, since the war doesnt benefit them either. Thus, as Mao states, “[communists] not only can be [patriots], but also must be [patriots]” and this is fully compatible with internationalism. And this makes sense, the workers of the world have the same interest, to achieve socialism and then communism, so it only follows that by fighting for the interests of your countrys workers, thus being a patriot, you are also fighting for the interests of the workers of the whole world, thus being an internationalist.

Patriotism in the context of fighting in a war of literal self preservation and patriotism in the context of Americans just existing on a day to day basis are pretty different things. Everyday Americans aren’t victims of aggression of foreign invaders. Trying to isolate these quotes and ideas in a vacuum isn’t really encompassing of them in their entirety.

Patriotism has nothing to do with “being proud” of anything.

In America, it very much does, and again trying to isolate these ideas in a vacuum isn’t taking them as a whole. The reality is that in America, Patriotism, nationalism and jingoism might as well be the same thing. If you, as a Spaniard, want to be patriotic based on your understanding of the word then go for it.

despite what fake patriots (meaning the bourgeoisie) would want you to believe, your country is made up of its people, its not an abstract idealistic idea of “America” or any other country

When I say America, I’m talking about the government, it’s long history, foundation of oppression, and the willing participation from individuals in furthering that oppression for their own gain.

“you cant be patriotic of imperial core countries” and that if you do you are proimperialist is ridiculous

I never said this. Go back and read what I said. I said that in times of trouble and in war especially, ideas of patriotism have always been subordinated to the will of capitalists. In America, trying to hold on to the term patriotism in the hopes that people one day wake up and realize that well actually, patriotism is actually this socialist notion of love for your people and national liberation from the bourgeoisie is naive and will always be futile in the end. Trying to maintain your own specific definition of the word and not taking into account the historical and current conditions it exists is like trying to swim against the current. You end up getting swallowed.

Also i dont understand what your last sentence is about, i said nothing about nationalism.

There i meant patriotism, not nationalism. I was in the car typing fast.

You are the one isolating things in a vacuum, ignoring the whole world, engaging in american exceptionalism, that America somehow is different than the rest of the world, patriotism is bad there. Communist parties all around the world recognize this. Here are 3 articles from the Communist Parties of Greece and Spain defending patriotism:

https://www.rizospastis.gr/story.do?id=209459

https://www.rizospastis.gr/story.do?id=329397

https://www.mundoobrero.es/pl.php?id=10161

Only in the USA do communist parties deny this reality, and this only extremely recently. Even the CPUSA, before 1991, followed the USSR line and defended patriotism. There are hundreds of photos of CPUSA meetings in the 1960s 1970s with american flags everywhere and a huge bust of Abraham Lincoln. You think we are “appeasing the right”? You are literally doing so! What is the argument the right always uses against communists? That we are unpatriotic, that we hate our country, that we are foreign agents. And instead of rejecting that label, as communist parties worldwide do, you embrace it! You say “yes, i am unpatriotic, i do hate America, i want to see America destroyed, i work for China”. You are the one appeasing the right! This is just like those who say “USSR wasnt real socialism”, ceding territory to the liberals in the hopes of winning them over.

We arent using a “alternative definition of patriotism”, we are literally using its normal definiton. Patriotism is loving your country. How is wanting all to have equal rights, free healthcare, full employment, true democracy and good living standards not loving your country? Lenin made a clear distinction between socialist and bourgeois patriotism. By denying that socialist patriotism exists in the USA you are literally engaging in american exceptionalism. You say patriotism has to do with the US government. Yet, even using liberal definitions of patriotism, how can the US government be patriotic? They serve international billionaires, they refuse to give their people the most basic necessities, theyd rathers serve Wall Street than their country. How is that patriotism? Thats not patriotism, its the opposite. Patriotism is fighting for your country, your people, so that they can have a good life and be proud of the society they live in. How is that not communism? You dont love your people or what? If so, why are you even a communist? What is there more patriotic than wanting to help your fellow countrymen, even if you dont know them? How is that not something a communist would do?

You keep repeating the same points, so this is the last thing I’ll say.

You keep trying to narrow things down to your own specific definition of your ideal version of patriotism. This version of patriotism that you speak of doesn’t exist in the US. US patriotism is highly jingoistic and inextricably tied to Imperialism. Holding on to it in the hopes that American people suddenly wake up and adopt your socialist version of patriotism

Even the CPUSA, before 1991, followed the USSR line and defended patriotism

This still doesn’t change the reality of the vast difference between the largest imperial power on the planet and a country that had already had it’s revolution and discarded any notions of the former Russian empire. Oh, Abraham Lincoln, truly the shining example of patriotism. The reality is that he was bloodthirsty and furthered the removal and genocide of Native Americans from their land. He said this about freeing slaves, “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that”. Yes, he was an abolitionist, but only on the contention that he wanted to “save the union” before anything else. You say that you would understand why American communists would hate the flag in a later response to someone else, but you point out the CPUSA waving around the US flag and upholding Lincoln as somehow good things.

While you’re mentioning the CPUSA, they had this nonsense to say about Stalin and Mao, whoops!

You think we are “appeasing the right”? You are literally doing so! What is the argument the right always uses against communists? That we are unpatriotic, that we hate our country, that we are foreign agents. And instead of rejecting that label, as communist parties worldwide do, you embrace it! You say “yes, i am unpatriotic, i do hate America, i want to see America destroyed, i work for China”. You are the one appeasing the right! This is just like those who say “USSR wasnt real socialism”

The leaps you’re making here are unhinged. Who on earth said you were appeasing the right? You’re engaging in reddit level discussion right now. Once again, here’s what I said, patriotism in Imperial core countries is always subordinated to capitalists in times of trouble and war especially. That’s not saying that you’re being a willing participant in that, but that your own perception of patriotism and those alike are irrelevant if it doesn’t align with the aims of Capitalists in times of trouble/ war. Regardless of whatever definition you have of it, nothing will change the inextricable link between American patriotism and American jingoism.

What is the argument the right uses against communists? If you only adopt certain positions based on how reactionaries react to you, then I don’t know what to tell you. I could say “peace is good, i am a communist” and reactionaries would still find a way to flip that 180. I hate the United states, and it should wither away and go the way of the Russian empire.

They serve international billionaires, they refuse to give their people the most basic necessities, theyd rathers serve Wall Street than their country. How is that patriotism? Thats not patriotism, its the opposite.

None of that changes the political reality of what patriotism is in the US, and how it will continue to be used in the US. Once again, trying to cling to your own definition to try co-opt it from capitalist hegemony is like trying to swim upstream against a raging current. It’s futile. Patriotism in the US is and will always be linked to the oppression of people abroad and locally.

You continue peddling american exceptionalism! So the whole world has socialist patriotism, but not USA, USA is special. I never said Abraham Lincoln or US flag were good or bad. Im not american, its not up to me to choose which patriotic symbols the american people should identify with. If they like Lincoln and USA flag its ok, if they dont its ok. All i said is that american communist parties always used to be patriotic, until very recently when they decided to appeal to liberalism. Thus, its completely false that american patriotism is inherently reactionary, unless you are saying that 1960s CPUSA was reactionary. Why are you quoting a CPUSA article from 2020? Im talking about the CPUSA of the 1960s and 1970s, before CPUSA became full of liberals. Modern day CPUSA rejects patriotism.

Greece is an imperial core country, yet its communist party is very patriotic. Are they reactionary? All european communist parties are patriots. Greece, Spain, Italy, Moldova, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, etc. Many of these countries are imperial core, so your argument is nonsense. Its an argument invented by post1991 US communists to justify their appeal to liberalism and american exceptionalism. Patriotism, like everything, has a class charachter. You have bourgeois and proletarian patriotism. You are talking about bourgeois patriotism, im talking about proletarian patriotism, which definetely exists in USA. What is it if not, when working class americans love their fellow americans and want to improve their lives, together? You are literally being patriotic right now, by wanting all americans to be free of oppression and exploitation and have good living standards and socialism, idk why you are so hell bent on denying it.

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Patriotism has nothing to do with “being proud” of anything. Were the CPC and the KMT proud of anything when they started the reunification wars? Ofc not, and thats exactly why they started those wars. Patriotism is about loving your country, and, despite what fake patriots (meaning the bourgeoisie) would want you to believe, your country is made up of its people, its not an abstract idealistic idea of “America” or any other country. China was in shambles, and it was the CPCs patriotic duty to rebuild it and save the chinese people.

This idea that “you cant be patriotic of imperial core countries” and that if you do you are proimperialist is ridiculous and doesnt exist outside of the USA. If you dont believe me, read the party programmes of european communist parties and what they have to say. A good example is the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), an ML antirevisionist and very big party that led the fight against the austerity imposed on Greece by the EU after the 2008 crisis. The KKE openly says that they are patriots, and that its their patriotic duty to oppose the EU and its global imperialism. Most european communist parties say the same thing, and the few that dont tend to be the most proiimperialist liberal and eurocommunist ones.

You americans keep repeating this lie, but its false, and all you have to do is look outside your borders to see im right. Idk why you are so obsessed with this idea, maybe its a reaction to the toxic jingoism you have over there, which calls itself “patriotism” but is not. There is nothing patriotic about joining the US military and drone striking afghan children. In fact, i would say its the opposite, its every americans patriotic duty to NOT join the US military, since the only thing that allows US capitalists to mantain their power is having enough cannon fodder to fight for them in the military.

Also i dont understand what your last sentence is about, i said nothing about nationalism.

This is a dumb talking point.

United States is an oppressor nation, not an oppressed state in need of national liberation.

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Noone talking about national liberation here, we are talking about patriotism. I guess the Communist Party of Greece are reactionary patsocs then lol ¯_(ツ)_/¯

https://www.rizospastis.gr/story.do?id=209459

https://www.rizospastis.gr/story.do?id=329397

Its in greek but just use google translate.

But sure, you can just accuse me of “being an american chauvinist” i guess, even tho im a spaniard with no relation to the anglosphere whatsoever, english isnt even my native language. The truth is, as that Mao quote clearly states, that all communists must be patriots. And that doesnt mean “praising your government” or “praising your flag” or anything like that. It just means you love your country and its people. There is nothing more patriotic than being a communist, communist parties all over the world acknowledge this, in Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Its only in the USA that you deny this. My guess is because you have been brainwashed by your media and education system that patriotism is bootlicking the flag, the police, the military and the Founding Fathers. Patriotism is noone of that. Noone who advocates for capitalism is a patriot, since they are more than happy to let their people suffer in misery. This is the truth, the whole world except you recognizes it.

The KKE is pretty sectarian and cringe and homophobic/transphobic, yes.

Also sectarian? What is this lie? The KKE is anything but sectarian. They literally have an “independent party policy”, which means that, no matter what the position of the party on something is, they will not cut ties with other communist parties even if there are big disagreements. As long as a party is communist, they consider them comrades. Thats why they created the International Meeting of Communist and Workers Party, where they regularly invite communist parties from all around the world with very different ideologies, some even pacifist reformists like the Communist Party of Japan. They also invite CPUSA, which you seem to like. But yeah sure, KKE is sectarian.

They are anti-China and anti-AES.

lmao

They are not anti AES, they have bilateral ties with the CPC and regularly invite them to the aforementioned meeting. They are just critical of chinese investment in Greece, and frankly you cant blame them, many greek workers have died in workplace accidents at chinese owned firms, and the chinese investors have been anything but helpful, instead choosing to barricade themselves with lawyers, rather than paying reparations. I personally think its the greek governments fault, not Chinas, but you cant blame the KKE for being suspicious of this.

They did not even attend the meeting hosted by the CPC. They have expressed “critical support” over nebulous shit like… trade. Wow. Such great criticism. Very original.

They literally invited the CPC to Greece several times, along with the cuban, laotian, vietnamese and north korean parties. They literally support China dude, all they disagree in (omg, a disagreement, how dare they, so antimarxist to have debates and different opinions) is chinese investment in capitalist countries, since it benefits off the labour of the workers there while they dont even get a seat at the negotiating table.

lmao This is literally a left deviationist talking point that could be applied to Mao.

Ha

So? You original accusation was that the KKE was “homophobic sectarian”. Now we are dialing it back to left deviationist. Good job, thanks for admitting you lied.

They have ultra-left tendencies yes

You said “sectarian homophobic”, not “ultra left tendencies”. So you admit you lied?

Nothing to admit lol